Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist) Questions Warts

My foot looks like it has a wart on the bottom of it. How can I get rid of it?

It looks like there is a wart on the bottom of my foot. It's not really causing me any pain, but I definitely don't want it there. What can I do to get rid of it?

12 Answers

A wart on a foot can sometimes be treated at home with an over the counter topical medication. Some warts are very resistant and need more invasive procedures. You should see a Podiatrist for further evaluation.
You could try topical salicylic acid, which is sold in most drug stores as Compound W or mediplast.
It first needs to be evaluated by a specialist in order to make sure that it truly is a wart. It can sometimes be a callus or a corn, for which the treatment is different.
A wart will hurt if you squeeze it side to side. A Podiatrist can help treat it
Hi, It could be a wart or it could be something else like a corn or callus. See your doc to determine what it really is.
There are many OTC products you can get from the pharmacy, but the best way is to have it professionally treated in office. Sometimes it is more than a mere wart and a biopsy may be indicated.
The major problem here is whether or not this growth is really a wart and not something else. I testified in a case where a patient saw 4 different healthcare providers because the last provider performed a treatment that didn't remove the wart. It turned out the "wart" was really a melanotic melanoma, a very aggressive form of skin cancer. Ultimately, the patient lost his leg all the way up to his pelvis.

Aside from cutting out the wart, there are various methods to remove a wart. Duct tape covering the wart for 6 days, remove the tape, wash the wart, and file it down with an emery board. Repeat until the wart is gone. Or ask your pharmacist for the various OTC modalities including freezing, acid, and tapes.

Beware of the one in a million "warts" that's malignant.

Rod Tomczak, MD, DPM, EdD
You should have this checked by a professional. There are other things that may mimic a wart. Also most over the counter removers have directions that may cause you harm.
If you have a skin growth on the bottom of your foot, the lesion must be seen by a doctor to see if it is indeed a wart. Many different growths can appear on the sole of a foot that may be benign or even cancerous. Even if the lesion is indeed a wart, you can't treat it. It has to be properly diagnosed and may require a biopsy. You need to see a podiatrist or a dermatologist.
Most over the counter treatments are not effective in treating warts, and I have seen several patients get infections from using the over the counter treatments inappropriately or too frequently. I recommend going to see your local Podiatrist. There are several ways to treat the wart, such as freezing, acids, other topical treatments, Bleomycin injections, surgical treatment with excision and/or lasers or cautery. However, there are other foot pathologies that look like warts, and may not be. Warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus, and there are other skin lesions that can be acquired that are not from an infectious process. It's best to see a professional for treatment.
A lesion on the foot may or may not be a wart. I would recommend you be evaluated by a foot and ankle specialist (podiatrist) so the proper diagnosis can be made which will guide us to the most appropriate treatment
You can try over the counter treatment but may need to see a doctor to make sure it is a wart and also for different treatments.